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TRAI to meet TV, telecom stakeholders in Jan to draw up agenda for 2017–18

MUMBAI: In a bid to improve regulatory predictability, the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) will hold discussions with stakeholders from the telecom and TV broadcasting sector in January to draw up and publish an agenda of important issues for 2017–18.

“What we are proposing is to improve the regulatory predictability—we will identify important issues that would be taken up in the next financial year. We will call telecom operators and stakeholders in the broadcasting sector for meetings so as to identify the upcoming issues,” PTI quotes TRAI chairman RS Sharma as saying.

The telecom and broadcasting sector regulator expects to publish the agenda for FY18 by March 2017. “After that, we will follow a process to take the viewpoints of other stakeholders, including the public…. We hope that in early March, we should be able to publish our agenda for the next fiscal year,” Sharma said.

Sharma also said that TRAI’s agenda would include urgent as well as fresh issues. “Many regulators around the world do this…. This is one of the practices which regulators follow in various sectors like telecom…. Canada does that, US FCC (Federal Communications Commission) does that, some European regulators also do it. So, we are trying to get those best practices here also,” Sharma said.